Counting Opportunities for a New Revenue Stream

Census

For small companies, hiring new employees can be an exhaustive process to ensure the right fit between employee and employer. For large organizations, that process can be far more daunting when all of the intricacies of hiring a large number of people can require significant resources. A prototype project by one postal organization might be a small glimpse into the future of a potential business opportunity.

To gear up for its 2020 survey, the Census Bureau is testing a new process for hiring the talent it needs for a smooth and comprehensive count. With the need to hire hundreds of thousands of individuals, the task could prove overwhelming when each nuance of the process is factored in. Fortunately for the organization, the opportunity to offset some of the employment application processing to a third party has the potential decrease the cost and workload involved in the process.

Starting this month, the Postal Service is partnering with the Census Bureau to test the possibility of hiring part-time Census employees to perform residential interviews for the 2020 Census. During the test, selected Post Offices in Maricopa County, AZ, will be equipped with the training tools, laptop computers, fingerprint capture devices, and other equipment needed to hire a small number of candidates. The test is expected to run from April through July 2015. If successful, the test project has the potential to expand use to other locations.

Do you think the Postal Service could offer employment processing services to other organizations beyond the Census?

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4 Comments

  1. grannybunny

     /  April 10, 2015

    I think there are a lot of functions USPS could perform for other government agencies, as well as for the general public, taking advantage of our ubiquitous presence in communities all over the nation.

  2. Jonn

     /  April 13, 2015

    It would reduce HR costs for other business to have the post office do background checks, fingerprinting, and other employee hiring tasks. That’s a great idea.

  3. grannybunny

     /  April 13, 2015

    I just think having business centers in Post Offices, where people could make copies, send faxes, use computers, get things notarized, etc., would be a huge — and profitable — public service.

  4. Jonn

     /  April 13, 2015

    Awesome ideas. Maybe DMV services could be added. Wait times at the DMV can be ridiculous during certain parts of the day.

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